Boomkat Product Review:
Freshly signed to the DFA-related Rong Music, Free Blood are one of New York's hottest prospects of the moment, having released a slew of great, largely unclassifiable singles over the course of the past twelve months or so. The band's creative centre is erstwhile !!! singer and drummer John Pugh, who recently left the Warp-signed band in favour of this new, burgeoning project. Clearly Pugh is a man with the CV credentials to suggest he's capable of striking up the right balance between party-centric electronics and edgy, rhythmic guitar music, and that's very much the case on former A-sides 'Parangatang' and 'Never Hear Surf Music Again'. There's a lot more to the Free Blood sound than the usual indie-dance combo dynamics however: these songs are resolutely... strange, yet far from being barely listenable oddities, there's a kind of eccentric pop alchemy at work here, resulting in addictive yet almost entirely indescribable moments of brilliance like 'Royal Family', which occupies the outfield fringes of the same ballpark staked out by the likes of TV On The Radio and Telepathe. Gathering together these singles for a single package was clearly an excellent idea, reinforcing just how much creative bandwidth Free Blood take up. As with the single releases themselves there are a few remixes tacked onto the tracklist for good measure, including perfectly serviceable reinterpretations by Barfly, The Brothers, Tim Love Lee, Greg Wilson and Scotty Coats & Wes The Mes, but for the most part it's the original tracks that are the cause for excitement here. Highly recommended.